Public Sector 100: Health and Nutrition in the Public Sector Report 2012 (PDF) shows the health, social and economic cost of poor diet in the UK. It has estimated that by 2050, more than half the UK population will be obese, costing the National Health Service (NHS) an estimated £10 billion a year for related hospital treatment and £50 billion a year in costs to business and other parts of society.
It also reports that in the UK, there are currently more than 3 million people either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition costing the NHS a total of £13 billion a year. Consumer awareness of the impact of poor diet on their health, especially in relation to the physical and mental consequences was also found to be limited.
The PS100 group comprises public sector catering operators, dietitians, health experts, contract caterers and suppliers who all have a responsibility for the diet and welfare of people where government spending or standards apply. Through this research the group has highlighted poor nutritional practice across the public sector and, where applicable, highlighted long‐term cost implications that show investment in nutritional plans will save the state money in the long‐run.